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Forest Product Industry Applauds Smart Government Policy

September 24, 2012

OTTAWA, Sept. 24, 2012 /CNW/ – The Forest Products Association of Canada
(FPAC) would like to congratulate the Government of Canada for the
unprecedented success of its $1Billion Pulp and Paper Green
Transformation Program (PPGTP) and for its continued commitment to the
ongoing transformation of the forest products sector.

The “Report on Results” on this phase of the government’s ongoing
strategic support for the industry has just been released. It shows
the 98 projects that received funds from PPGTP supported 14,000 jobs,
improved air quality, lowered fossil fuel consumption and reduced
greenhouse gas emissions with some mills adding sufficient renewable
electrical capacity to export green power to the grid. About two
thirds of the funding went to member companies of FPAC.

“The investments from this program truly improved the environmental
performance of Canada’s pulp and paper sector and had extraordinary
social and economic benefits for forest communities as well,” says
David Lindsay the President and CEO of FPAC. “This was a shining
example of smart government policy that continues to pay dividends
today.”

This made-in-Canada program was aimed at helping pulp and paper mills
that agreed to use targeted capital investments to support Canadian
jobs and improve their environmental performance and green
technologies. It was in response to a multi-billion dollar subsidy
enjoyed by pulp and paper mills in the United States under the black
liquor tax credit –a handout widely decried as distorting world
markets that unfairly hit Canadian mills already reeling from the
global recession and a high Canadian dollar.

“Canada got it right. Canada used a strategic approach. The Canadian
government found a considered way to support the transformation of the
country’s forest products industry,” says Lindsay. “The program has
helped drive environmental improvements and allowed the Canadian
industry to leverage its strong green credentials in the international
marketplace.”

FPAC is also grateful that in the report the Minister of Natural
Resources Joe Oliver pledged to continue “to support innovation and
renewal in the forest sector”, demonstrated by the commitment of $105
million in the 2012 budget to help the industry further diversify and
increase sales abroad. Oliver also acknowledged that the industry is
“playing a key role in its own renewal” and he acknowledged
Vision2020 an ambitious plan for the industry to reach its full
potential by focusing on product innovations, further improving its
environmental footprint and revitalizing its workforce.

FPAC provides a voice for Canada’s wood, pulp, and paper producers
nationally and internationally in government, trade, and environmental
affairs. The $57-billion-a-year forest products industry represents 2%
of Canada’s GDP and is one of Canada’s largest employers operating in
hundreds of communities and providing 230,000 direct jobs across the
country.

For more on Vision go to: http://www.fpac.ca/index.php/en/vision2020/

SOURCE FOREST PRODUCTS ASSOCIATION OF CANADA


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